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Overview (4)

Born in San Francisco, California, USA
Died in Irvine, California, USA  (heart attack)
Birth NameRaymond Thomas Bailey
Height 5' 10" (1.78 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Raymond Bailey was a great example of "If at first you don't succeed..." After high school, Bailey headed for Hollywood with the intent on becoming a movie star, but soon found it tougher than he thought. Instead Bailey went into a high finance career working as stockbroker and banker. He made a second stab at Hollywood, and again had no success. He then became a seaman, working on various freighters and travelling all over the world. Bailey also worked on a pineapple plantation in Hawaii, and tried his luck in the local theatre. Deciding to give Hollywood one more try in 1938, he got lucky getting several small parts in the movies which eventually evolved into bigger character roles. When television became big, Bailey was in demand for parts and it was there he got his most famous part on the hit sitcom The Beverly Hillbillies (1962), as (ironically) banker Milburn Drysdale, whose fists were tighter than Elly May's pants. After the show ended, he did a few movie roles.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Ken Severson

Family (1)

Spouse Gaby George (August 1951 - 15 April 1980)  (his death)

Trivia (5)

Worked as a deckhand on a freighter in China, Japan, Hawaii, the Philippines and the Mediterranean.
His first job in Hollywood was as a laborer, but he was fired for sneaking into a mob scene during a movie shoot.
Before joining the cast of the The Beverly Hillbillies (1962), he could be seen without his toupee for many of his roles.
Uncle of William Sylvester.
Was very close friends with Nancy Kulp during and after the run of the series. He referred to her as "Slim".

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